I've been wanting a house-whole protector for 10 years now.
That said, in the last 10 years we've only had 4 lightning storms. The rockies and cascade mountains push all the water out of the clouds from north, south, east and west. Only the biggest clouds make it here.
The only things that grow here are cacti, sagebrush, and the strongest of trees.
My house has 3 panels, a 200amp main panel and two 100amp sub-panels feeding off of that.
There is LOTS of free space in the 200amp mains panel, enough for a second kitchen, a hot tub, a pool, and still have room for a whole-house protector.
The power company said I could upgrade to 300 or 400amp service if I needed it.
If I buy a Tesla or other electric car, a 400amp panel will be required FOR SURE (at least... if I want it to quick-charge that is.)
I checked the SurgeX's we have at work, and they have absorbed 10 surges in just the last 4 weeks.
They get WAY more lightning there than I get back home, and they have 5hittier power grid too (heavier usage etc.)
I was thinking of maybe buying two SurgeX's for my house:
1) a cheap $40 PCS one that I could torture: https://www.amazon.com/ESP-SurgeX-XG.../dp/B00ON3G6EE
2) an $190 Envision to protect my low-power theater stack: https://www.amazon.com/ESP-enVision-.../dp/B00PDD2KYI
They both have the same features as the $2000 SurgeX models, so I see no point in buying those.
I might buy 8 of the 20a PCS's to protect my pro-amps, not sure yet! Depends on the test results!!!
All of this would be in addition to the whole-house unit.
My theater alone is worth $120,000, and my main house even-more, so spending $2000 on some GOOD surge protection is really worth the peace of mind.
House insurance is great (which I have), but you still have to fork out the deductible and your rates will go up if called upon!
Best to at least "try" to prevent electrical damage than have to call upon it early when it could have been prevented or avoided with a small up-front investment in some protection.
Right now my low-power stuff is protected by a CyberPower 2200VA puresine.
My high-power is unprotected, as is the rest of the house!
In fact, after seeing panamax and surgex youtube vids of what MOV-based stripbars do when they die (i.e. they catch on FIRE
, I feel like putting the $40 SurgeX units in front of the rare few that I do have in my house.
I don't think I'll ever use another MOV-based product again. I knew they were entry-level protection devices, like: since forever, but I didn't know
that they can and will
explode in a ball of flames in your house 8 times out of 10